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The beauty of South Shore Lake Tahoe is that its natural environment provides for an incredible year-round playground where the weather enhances each experience. The region’s three highly rated resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe, serve as wildly popular destinations for avid mountain resort skiers and riders who thrive on challenging terrain and perfect snowpack. And, in the summer, Heavenly and Kirkwood offer those with an adventurous spirit big mountain fun with some of the best hiking in all of Lake Tahoe. In addition to hiking, Kirkwood offers the only lift-serviced mountain bike park this summer.

World-class Heavenly Mountain Resort leads all Lake Tahoe resorts with a top-15 national ranking in SKI Magazine’s Top 50 Resorts in North America (October 2005), and the resort continues to be one of the top five most visited snow sports resorts in the U.S. Heavenly received SKI Magazine’s No. 1 vote for Scenery and received top rankings for both Après Ski and Off-Mountain Activities.

Heavenly’s year-round attraction, the high-speed gondola, was rated by SKI Magazine as one of the most scenic in the nation (Summer 2004). As it rises from the heart of the Heavenly Village, the gondola takes summer-time sightseers 2.4 miles up the resort’s mountainside, offering shore-to-shore views of Lake Tahoe during the 17-minute scenic ride. Approximately two-thirds of the way up the mountain, the gondola stops at the 14,000 square foot Observation Deck. Covered picnic tables, built-in benches and high-powered telescopes allow guests to stop and enjoy the views for as long as they desire. Continuing to the top of the gondola, hiking trails meander through the forests and the Adventure Peak Grill offers a full barbeque menu for hungry hikers and sightseers. Routes vary from 1.6 miles to just under four miles round-trip. In the winter, it’s not all just skiing and snowboarding at Heavenly. Visitors who would prefer to sled can ride the gondola to the top of the mountain and cruise the tubing park for the afternoon. For more information about year-round activities and events at Heavenly, log onto www.skiheavenly.com.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort has garnered a national reputation for its rugged and steep terrain, deep snow pack, extreme expeditions and is ranked by USA Today as one of the Top 10 places in North America to Learn to Ski with its family- and beginner- friendly slopes. SKI Magazine recognized Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the Country’s Best ‘Corn’ or Granular Snow (April 2006). Kirkwood is also in the nation’s Top 10 in three categories according to SKI Magazine for Snow, Terrain Variety and Challenge (October 2005). Freeskier Magazine selected Kirkwood as a must in the Top Road Trips (November 2005). The resort ranked No. 13 in Value and continues to offer high caliber programs at affordable prices. Timber Creek at Kirkwood features a variety of fall-line runs that create a natural progression on which to learn.

Summer at Kirkwood brings the only lift-serviced mountain bike park for 2006 at Lake Tahoe. The Mountain Bike Park begins lift operations in early July and continues through Labor Day weekend. It features two lifts (Chairs 1 and 2) and miles of beginner, intermediate and advanced downhill trails. Bikers, hikers, sight-seers, history buffs and many other outdoor adventure types converge at Kirkwood where there’s a wealth of pristine hiking trails for all levels along one of the most scenic highways in the nation, highway 89. People come to admire the wildflowers and spot wildlife on the thousands of acres of Mokelumne Wilderness with endless miles of hiking trails in the national forest service land surrounding the resort where inside Kirkwood approximately 13 miles of hiking trails are available to explore. At the Kirkwood Corrals, a scenic wilderness horseback and old-fashioned carriage or hay rides in the warm weather are as essential as sleigh rides are in the winter snow. For those not quite ready for climbing Mother Nature, head to Kirkwood’s 30-foot Climbing Wall complete with a straight surface, an incline and an overhang. For a list of events or recreational activities, log onto www.kirkwood.com

Sierra-at-Tahoe was just voted No. 1 Best Ski Resort by Tahoe Daily Tribune's "Best of Tahoe" Readers Poll. In February 2006, Freeskier Magazine recognized the resort for the Top 18 Best Terrain Parks as rated by the top 50 pro skiers. The resort also recently ranked No. 7 for Best Pipe, No. 4 for Best Terrain Park, No. 7 in its Must Ride – Top Best Places to Ride for 2006 and No. 7 for Best Overall Snowboard Resort in a nationwide resort poll conducted by Transworld Snowboarding.

Known for offering award-winning terrain parks and impeccable pipes, this winter only resort offers The Circuit where they can hit terrain parks and pipes the entire way across the mountain. For those who are jib-phobic, the Progression Park, with boxes, jumps and rails all located mere inches from the ground and in non-intimidating fashion, is the perfect training ground for those who have always wanted to test gravity, one inch at a time. Sierra-at-Tahoe offers lessons on these mini freestyle terrain features so that skiers/riders learn the proper technique when getting started.

Sierra-at-Tahoe blends fun and learning in its new on-mountain Family Adventure Zones, which were designed with kids in mind. Recipient of the NSAA’s Silver Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, terrain features such as rollers, mini jumps and banked turns keep children entertained, while signage and animated figures educate them on local history and animal species. The interactive displays allow children to climb in and out of tree houses, caves and secret hideaways. Sound effects and smoke machines enhance the experience. For more information about Sierra-at-Tahoe trails, awards and events, log onto www.sierraattahoe.com.

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